Cutting Edge art journal cover - Finnabair Creative Team

Hello there and sweet Sunday! Yesterday I shared my hop canvas and today it's my monthly projects turn for Finnabair Creative Team! This time I embellished the cover of a new art journal.

My grandfather just moved to a smaller apartment and while going through his belongings, I discovered numerous pieces that found their way to my mixed media drawer. One of those little treasures are the scissors on this cover. I also found my late grandmother's old sewing kit and used the old tape measure also on the cover.

Together with the heritage pieces, I used various Mediums and embellished the project with Mechanicals. I layered several pieces of the Mechanicals in the form of a flower. There are many wonderful tutorials on layering the Mechanicals by Finnabair, for example this one. I also added separate metal pieces here and there and formed a big cluster with all the embellishments.

The first thing I did was to add some strips of paper to the cover. To adhere those I used Soft Matt Gel. On top I created a resist pattern using a Finnabair stencil and 3D Gloss Gel. To get the metal pieces to stick to the cover and also survive the wear and tear, I used 3D Matt Gel as an adhesive. I also used Clear Gesso, Soft Gloss Gel and two Texture pastes in the creation. You can see where and how I used them from the video I created. Hope you enjoy!

I wish you all could see the cover in real life as the play of matt and gloss, dull and shiny is quite nice in it. The glossy circles create a great contrast with the gesso-mixed pigments.

Thank you for your visit! I can't wait to start filling this journal with pages! Wishing you all a peaceful day and great start to the new week!

Products used in this piece:

Materials: Prima Marketing, Tattered Angels, Luminarte


  1. Oijjoi miten kaunis :) Ihanaa runsautta ja kauniit värit.
    Ei mitään uutta siinä, että ihailen suunnattomasti sinun töitäsi <3

  2. Gong to watch the video now--- this is beyond stunning!! Loooove it --& yes, it would b lovely to see it IRL!!!!

  3. Fabulous album cover, loved the video too!

  4. Oh wow Riikka - this is stunning! Love the colours and the inclusion of your grandparents' bits and pieces!

  5. amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love your style honey!

  6. Fabulous project! Thank you for sharing your creative process!

  7. Truly amazing and wonderful video to go with it. I want to be just like you when I grow up. You work is just amazing.

    1. Aww! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, that's so sweet! But you are already Val <3


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